FIFA is investigating the transfer of Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff City following a complaint from the French club, the World Football Federation announced Wednesday.
On 1 January, Sala completed his record transfer of £ 15m to Cardiff before boarding the Piper Malibu driven by David Ibbotson for the Welsh capital on January 1st. search day of the region by the authorities.
– Sam Borden: Looking For Emiliano Sala
Sala 's family funded a new search as part of a crowdfunding campaign that found the aircraft and the player' s body on February 7th. Mr. Ibbotson's body has not been found yet.
Cardiff has not yet paid for Sala and Nantes has appealed to FIFA for it to intervene.
"We can confirm that we received last night a claim from FC Nantes against Cardiff City regarding the transfer of Emiliano Sala.We are studying the matter and, therefore, we have no other comments at this stage, "confirmed a FIFA spokesperson ESPN FC.
A statement by Cardiff reads as follows: "The City of Cardiff remains committed to ensuring fairness and accountability in the agreement between the City of Cardiff and FC Nantes, but first and foremost authorities to determine the facts surrounding this tragedy, to comment further at this stage. "
The initial deadline for the first payment of £ 5.8 million was 16 February, before it was transferred to 27 February, and the transfer was officially registered by FIFA. Nantes therefore believes that it is within its rights to demand payment.
Sources close to the contract told ESPN FC that Cardiff had not yet contacted Nantes for the transfer and the Ligue 1 club felt they had no choice but to ask FIFA d & # 39; intervene.
Air accident investigators said that the plane carrying Sala was not allowed to commercial use by the authorities. The full findings of the investigation could take more than a year before being published.